Newport Beach John Wayne Yacht Wild Goose Tours

Newport Beach's Wild Goose is John Wayne's former yacht, now owned and operated by Hornblower Cruises & Events, which offers dinner cruises and boat tours of the historic vessel. 


If you don't have the time or interest to book a Hornblower Cruise lunch buffet or dinner in the Newport Bay, you can still climb aboard the historic vessel, the Wild Goose, which was owned by the late, great John Wayne. He was one of Newport Beach's esteemed residents, and fondly remembered in displays throughout the yacht that is used weekly to take guests on luncheon or dinner cruise events.


Opening its doors recently to guided tours, the boat now is open for those who want to enjoy the experience of an historic boat, minus the $50 - up cost of eating a meal.  Exclusive narrated dockside tours in Newport Beach take viewers into the boat’s storied past. The Wild Goose first sailed in 1943, as the United States Navy Minesweeper YMS 328. Of the 481 minesweepers manufactured, only 4 – including the Wild Goose – remain today. After World War II, Canadian owners purchased the vessel and dubbed her La Beverie (The Beautiful Dream); Seattle lumber tycoon Max Wyman later acquired the boat and renamed her The Wild Goose II. When John Wayne bought the minesweeper a decade later, he dropped the “II” from the title and set about creating a private retreat for family and friends.

Cost for the excursion is $25 per person and available Monday through Friday. Reservations are needed to book these tours and a 10 group minimum is required. Additional rates and times will apply for groups of 30 or more. For larger groups looking for a unique event venue, the Wild Goose is available to accommodate up to 150 guests and Hornblower’s event specialists can customize a program to fit your event needs.


For those seeking the weekly dinner cruise or Sunday buffet, we've tried them, and loved the fun. You can buy tickets or make reservations for the dinner cruises. Personally, we prefer the Sunday daytime cruise, and it's cheaper!

To make reservations for the historic Wild Goose Tour, call 949-646-0155


Newport Beach hotels are somewhat affordable...ranging to luxury and the greatest deal is that Disneyland is so close, you can hear the fireworks at night from most Newport Beach hotels.  So live it up on your next vacation and take the kids to a place they deserve...Newport Beach --The OC.


Huntington Beach < Newport Beach > Laguna Beach wild goose

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